German tuner gets wild on the AMG C-Class

The notion that the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is merely an ordinary car is wrong on so many levels. By itself, the performance sedan already packs quite a punch to the tune of 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But that’s just all Mercedes. So what happens to the AMG C 63 S when the noted Mercedes tuner enters the picture? Well, all hell breaks loose.

On one hand, the results are to be expected. There’s more carbon fiber, more power, and a whole lot more details thrown in for good measure. It even has a new feature called “Coming Home,” which I’ll expound on after the jump. Rest assured, everything about this program is top-class. That’s the kind of reputation Brabus has built over the years and there’s no reason to expect anything less.

This Brabus-tuned C 63 AMG will make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The event kicks off on March 3, 2016, but as early as now, I already know that a lot of people will be crowding the German tuner’s booth to take a close look at this beautiful AMG C 63 S.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG C63 S By Brabus.

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S By Brabus
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650
  • Torque @ RPM:
    604
  • 0-60 time:
    3.7 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph
  • body style:

Exterior

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Brabus dug deep into its customary bag of tricks to dress up the exterior of the AMG C 63 S. The usual array of carbon fiber body components are all there, including the front fender vents, side mirrors and air intake surrounds. There’s also a front spoiler that was installed for downforce purposes. A rear carbon fiber spoiler plays the role of its counterpart. A carbon fiber diffuser also found its way into the back of the sedan, framing the finishers of the stainless steel exhaust system that Brabus is offering as an optional acquisition.

Rounding out the exterior modifications is a new set of 20-inch wheels that come from the tuner’s personal collection. Two different wheel designs will be showcased in Geneva, one of which is the five-spoke Monoblock T wheels that have its own inlaid carbon-look elements. The other wheel option is the Monoblock F wheels, which we’ve seen Brabus offer in some of its past programs. Whatever the wheels, the tuner is offering to have them shod in a choice of either Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama tires.

Interior

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The interior of the car looks as sexy as ever, thanks in large part to a predominantly black leather theme that’s complemented by black Alcantara with anti-slip properties and the bright yellow leather trim on the seats, steering wheel, door handles, and floor mats. The contrast yellow stitching is a particular highlight as it brings a much desired visual pop to the cabin.

Some carbon bits sealed with high-gloss piano lacquer can also be found in the interior, specifically on the instrument panel, center console, and door panels. Aluminum pedals finish off the upgrades on this section of the AMG C 63 S.

Drivetrain

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All together, the results are enough to propel the AMG C 63 S from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds – two-tenths of a second quicker than the standard model’s 3.9-second run to 62 mph.

True to its reputation, the German tuner developed a unique performance upgrade on the AMG C 63 S, dubbed the PowerXtra B40S - 650.” The kit is made up of a pair of turbochargers with larger compressors, new core assemblies, and reinforced axial bearings. There’s also an engine-specific ECU remap to improve the fuel-injection and ignition systems of the V-8. The result is an improvement of 140 horsepower and 80 pound-feet of torque over the engine’s standard output of 510 horsepower and 524 pound-feet of torque.

Do the math and that adds up to 650 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque for the road-conquering four-door. All that power is mated to a standard seven-speed automatic transmission. All together, the results are enough to propel the AMG C 63 S from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds – two-tenths of a second quicker than the standard model’s 3.9-second run to 62 mph. Top speed is limited to 186 mph, although if you’ve just taken out an insurance policy, you can be particularly frisky and avail of the option to bump that top speed up to 200 mph.

Safety

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The blueprint of this program wouldn’t be complete without modifications made to the sedan’s suspension system. How else would it be able to accommodate all the aero and performance upgrades that are a part of the program. Brabus addressed this by developing a specially tuned height-adjustable Bilstein coilover suspension to ensure that its handling characteristics remain in tip-top condition. The rebound and compression rates of the gas-pressure shocks have also been customized to one of 10 settings.

Prices

Brabus has not announced the price for this particular program, although past projects of similar ilk traditionally cost somewhere in the mid five digits. If you’re interested in getting the specific number, you can contact Brabus directly to get the quote. The good news is that the program falls under a three-year/62,000-mile warranty.

Here’s another bit of happy news. Those who own the wagon version of the AMG C 63 S can also avail of this program. The bad news? That model isn’t available in the U.S., to which we say "Boo."

Competition

Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG by McChip

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Back in 2015, another noted Mercedes tuner revealed its own program for the Mercedes C 63 AMG sedan. That tuner was McChip-DKR and its kit was made up of a comprehensive body kit, a new set of wheels, a new suspension setup, and an engine suspension module. The aero kit came with a host of components, including carbon fiber front splitters, side mirrors, hood, wings, side skirts, and front and rear bumpers. A new set of 19-inch OZ-Racing Superleggera wheels, a KW Clubsport suspension, and high-performance brake discs and pads were also part of the program.

Under the hood of C 63 AMG, McChip performed an engine modification program that had an adapted software, an enlarged engine oil cooler, water pump, and improved manifold pressure through increased air suction, and a blower. All these upgrades helped the tuner squeeze 830 horsepower out of the sedan. The only caveat about this kit is that it was developed for the AMG C 63 S’s predecessor. But other than that, it still packed a very mean and aggressive punch.

Read our full review here.

Mercedes-AMG C 63 by Vath

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This program is a more direct competitor since it also involves the new AMG C 63. Unlike Brabus, Vath didn’t offer a lot of changes to the sedan’s exterior and interior. The former only received a new set of 20-inch wheels while the latter received little else other than the traditional set of aluminum pedals, and black velour floor mats. The latter did come with the tuner’s logo embroidered in them, so that’s a win, right?

Vath more than made up for the lack of exterior and interior upgrades by giving the sedan a significant power bump. The tuner performed an engine remap on the car’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine and installed a new cooling system to help bring the AMG C 63 S’s power to 609 horsepower and 698 pound-feet of torque. With these changes to the V-8 mill, Vath was able to improve the sedan’s top speed to 199 mph while also dropping its 0-to-60 mph time to just 3.6 seconds.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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I suppose there’s really no need to point out the impressive nature of this program. Brabus always does things like this and very rarely does it fail to live up to its reputation. This program for the AMG C 63 S is yet another example why the German tuner is regarded as one of the best Mercedes technicians in the business. There are no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ about it because what you get from Brabus is nothing short of the best. That’s the way it’s always been and this one is no different.

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Press Release

The new compact BRABUS high-performance sedan or a full-blooded wolf in sheep’s clothing. A new powerhouse from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) celebrates its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.
A performance upgrade boosts the rated output of the eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine of the Mercedes C 63 S to 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) and bumps peak torque up to 820 Nm (604 lb-ft). The tuned four-door car sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph). Carbon components for the bodywork, tailor-made 20-inch wheels and a BRABUS fine leather interior with markedly sporty design add further thrilling highlights.

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A whopping 103 kW / 140 HP (138 bhp) of extra power for the Mercedes C 63 S: The new BRABUS PowerXtra B40S – 650 performance upgrade turns the Mercedes C 63 S into a compact high-performance sedan par excellence! The tuning is naturally also available for the C 63 S Wagon. The BRABUS Tuning Warranty® for three years or 100,000 kilometers / 62,000 miles documents the high quality of the engineering and workmanship (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends MOTUL high-performance lubricants.

One of the key features of the engine tuning for a turbocharged engine such as the 4.0-liter (244 cu in) eight-cylinder in the C-Class is more boost pressure. The BRABUS power unit engineers therefore developed special turbochargers with larger compressor unit and a special core assembly with reinforced axial bearings.

A BRABUS control unit with new datasets governs the electronic boost pressure control as well as injection and ignition, which is also a crucial factor in the performance upgrade. With PowerXtra B40S – 650 tuning, the rated output increases from standard 375 kW / 510 HP (503 bhp) to 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) at a low 5,800 rpm. Simultaneously, peak torque grows from 700 to 820 Nm (516 to 604 lb-ft), available constantly on a plateau between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm.

The uprated eight-cylinder engine harmonizes perfectly with the seven-speed sports transmission of the C 63 S, which can also be shifted manually with the BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The sedan equipped with BRABUS PowerXtra B40S – 650 performance kit accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The slightly heavier wagon with identical engine tuning takes just a tenth of a second longer for the same exercise. The BRABUS Vmax unit, which is part of the engine conversion, allows limiting the top speed to 300 or 320 km/h (186 or 200 mph). BRABUS offers the matching speedometer with 340-km/h (211-mph) scale.

The BRABUS stop/start memory module is yet another option to enhance the driving fun. It stores the last selected setting of the standard start/stop system and keeps it active even after an engine restart or after switching driving modes.

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BRABUS offers a fully stainless-steel exhaust with actively controlled butterfly valves for the V8 with or without engine tuning to make the C 63 S even more exciting acoustically and visually. It offers an electronic sound management controlled from the cockpit. At the touch of a button, drivers can choose between a subtle “Coming Home” mode and an extremely sporty exhaust note with open butterfly valves.

The BRABUS naked carbon bodywork components deliver an optimal blend of aerodynamic efficiency and sporty looks. They come with a choice of matte or mirror-polished sealed surface and were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel. The BRABUS front spoiler fits the front bumper of sedan and wagon. It is designed to minimize lift on the front axle at high speeds and thereby further optimizes handling stability. In concert with the spoiler, the BRABUS carbon surrounds for the side air intakes in the front bumper lend the top-of-the-line C-Class an even more distinctive front. Carbon attachments on both front fenders emphasize the sporty-elegant appearance of the C 63 even more.

BRABUS also developed an aerodynamic upgrade for the rear of the C 63 Sedan. In concert with the diffuser made from the same material, the carbon rear spoiler reduces lift on the rear axle. In addition, the rear bumper insert also provides the perfect backdrop for the two dual tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust. The naked carbon covers for the two exterior mirrors represent another sporty upgrade for sedan and wagon.

In addition, the looks and handling of the C 63 S can be refined with tailor-made BRABUS 20-inch wheels and a sports suspension. The sedan is presented at the Geneva Motor Show with two different BRABUS wheel designs in sizes 8.5Jx20 on the front axle and 9.5Jx20 at the rear. The latest member of the BRABUS wheel family is the Monoblock T styling with five spokes with inlaid carbon-look elements. BRABUS Monoblock F wheels representing an evolution of the classic cross-spoke design are available as another exclusive option. All wheel variants are mounted with high-performance tires from technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA of sizes 255/30 ZR 20 at the front and up to 275/30 ZR 20 on the rear axle.

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Together with technology partner BILSTEIN, the BRABUS suspension engineers and test drivers developed a specially tuned height-adjustable coilover suspension to make the handling of the C 63 S even more agile and even safer. The rebound and compression rates of the gas-pressure shocks at the front and rear axle can be dialed to one of ten settings.

The company upholstery shop adds equally exclusive and sporty highlights in the cockpit with an exquisite BRABUS fine leather interior. To match the decidedly sporty character of the compact high-performance sedan, the contact surfaces of the sport seats, parts of the steering wheel rim, the dashboard and the door center panels were covered with black Alcantara with special anti-slip properties. The rest of the interior is dominated by black leather, which was refined with decorative bright yellow leather elements.

Exclusive BRABUS carbon elements sealed with high-gloss piano lacquer on the instrument panel, center console and door panels as well as aluminum pedals and door-lock pins emphasize the sporty ambience of the tuned four-door car even more.

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